Legislative Updates Impacting HPS

The Holland Public Schools Board of Education and I monitor legislative considerations and actions closely at the federal and state level. We utilize our membership with the Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Association of School administrators, Middle Cities Educaiton Association and the West Michigan Talent Triangle as our primary sources of information. Each month, a summary of legislative activities and their potential impact to HPS are discussed at our regular meetings of the board. A summary of these discussions are included on this page in order of current events. If you would like a chronological history, you may find these in our board meeting minutes by month under "Increasing Advocacy & Understanding."

At the bottom of this page I have also included the contact information for our area legislators.

February, 2018

Governor Snyder's Last Budget Recommendation - What's in it?

Two days ago Governor Snyder unveiled his last Executive Budget recommendation to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee. Many were eager to hear the details after the Governor signaled he would be providing the largest foundation increase in the last 15 years during his State of the State Address two weeks ago.

Foundation Grant 

The Governor held to his promise by recommending an increase of $120 - $240 per pupil distributed via 2x formula. This would bring the minimum foundation grant to $7,871 and the maximum grant to $8,409.

Cyber School Reduction

For virtual schools, who are classified as Schools of Excellence, the Governor recommended funding at 75 percent of the minimum foundation. This change would generate $25 million in savings.

Shared-Time Reduction

Many districts across the state have teamed up to provide private school students elective courses. For a portion of the day these students are considered public school students and thus generate funding. The Governor is looking to cut this arrangement in half by limiting a districts shared time enrollment to no more than 5 percent of its pupil membership.

High School Supplemental

Last year the Governor emerged victorious in the final budget negotiations by providing an additional $25 per pupil for high school students. He has recommended continued funding for this categorical.  

CTE Funding

An additional $25 per CTE student and another $25 for high demand CTE students up to $5 million.


In all total MPSERS will take up an additional $109 million extra funding not including the increased normal cost districts will pay out of their budgets.


After last year's substantial increase, the Governor opted to hold steady for this categorical.

Caution Lies Ahead

The Governor's recommendation calls for an additional $150 million of School Aid Fund dollars (SAF) to be given to universities this takes their total up to $385 million. Community Colleges are still receiving $389 million from the fund. Added together over $783 million or $522 per pupil is leaving the SAF to fund these entities.

Budget Conversations begin in the House and Senate Appropriations Committees

This week the House and Senate K-12 Appropriations Committees heard from the State Budget Office. These interactions are typical as it provides committee members with the opportunity to gleam more information on the Governor's proposal. The biggest topic discussed involved the Governor's desire to restrict shared time programs. His proposal expects to save $62 million by restricting participation to 5 percent of a district's enrollment. If implemented 22 school districts across the state would be impacted.

House Education Reform Committee to strike failed School Reform Provision 1280c

This week the House Education Reform Committee took additional testimony on HB 5526 -- legislation that revamps our school accountability system. Central to this conversation is a key provision in law known as 1280c. This section of law was put in place during the application process for the federally funded Race to the Top program. It gave birth to the controversial School Reform Office and the now defunct Education Achievement Authority in Detroit. Furthermore, the law requires schools designated as "failing," to select one of four "turnaround models" and implement them to the satisfaction of the state or face takeover.

  • Moving away from a single summative label, instead providing letter grades and descriptors for key indicators like proficiency, growth, subgroups, etc.
  • Provides for a similar school comparison factoring in things like socioeconomic status which are known to impact achievement.
  • Changes the way we look at subgroup performance by comparing a schools subgroup performance against that subgroups performance statewide.

A-F Accountability System

The House Education Reform Committee had another hearing on HB 5526 sponsored by Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw). The bill creates an A-F accountability system to replace the Department of Education’s dashboard. 

Marshall Plan for Talent

Governor Snyder will unveil his “Marshall Plan for Talent” on Thursday, February 22. His speech will be given at the Michigan Science Center to echo his expected call to fill high-demand jobs in computer science and other STEM professions.

Contact Your Legislators

District 90, Holland

Representative Bradley Slagh

Mailing Address: Representative Bradley Slagh,
N-1194 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909

Phone 517-373-0830  

E-mail: BradleySlagh@house.mi.gov

Her Web Page is located at http://gophouse.org/representatives/westmi/slagh/

District 89, Park Township

Representative Jim Lilly

Mailing Address: Representative Jim Lilly,  N-1193 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909

Phone 517-373-0838  


His Web Page is located at http://gophouse.org/representatives/westmi/lilly/

District 80, Laketown Township and Southern part of Holland City

Representative Mary Whiteford

Mailing Address: Representative Mary Whiteford, N-1099 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909

Phone 517-373-0836

E-mail: MaryWhiteford@house.mi.gov  

Her Web Page is located at http://gophouse.org/representatives/southwest/whiteford/

Senate District 30-Serving Ottawa County

Senator Roger Victory 

Mailing Address: Senator Roger Victory
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone 517-373-6920

E-mail: SenRVictory@senate.michigan.gov

His Web Page is located at https://www.senatorrogervictory.com/

Senate District 26-Serving Allegan County

Senator Aric Nesbitt

Mailing Address: Senator Aric Nesbitt
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone 517-373-0793

His Web Page is located at https://www.senatoraricnesbitt.com/

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Governor Gretchen Whitmer
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909
PHONE: (517) 373-3400
PHONE: (517) 335-7858 - Constituent Services

Her Web Page is located at https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/